Rob Report: Arkansas State

Senior Writer Rob Howe checks in with views from the press box and news from the game in his weekly notebook. Find out who was in uniform, get an injury update, read quotes from ASU Coach Steve Roberts and more in this premium story.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Notes from the Iowa's 24-21 win against Arkansas State here on Saturday.

All-Dressed Up: Iowa players in uniform for the Arkansas State game:

QB - Stanzi, Vandenberg, Weinke, Suess.

RB - Robinson, O'Meara, Wegher, Brown, Reisen, Leppert, Rogers, Morse, Gimm,

WR - DJK, Sandeman, Chaney, Davis, Pregont, Cotton, McNutt, Nordmann, Kuchel, Evans, Stross, Staggs,

TE - Getz, Furlong, Moeaki, Herman, Griggs, Derby, Reisner,

OL - Koeppel, Bulaga, Calloway, Kuempel, Detweiler, Clark, Haganmann, Gettis, Vandervelde, Doering, MacMillan, Richardson, Eubanks, Ferentz, Van Sloten, Zusevics, Tobin

DL - Hopkins, Griswold, Harrell, Nardo, Covert, Hundertmark, Daniel, Meade, Clayborn, Klug, Ballard, Bigach, Binns,

LB - Edds, Neilsen, Peterson, Angerer, Tarpinian, Hunter, Johnson, Davis, Kloos,

DB - Spievey, Hyde, Sash, Conklin, Cato, Greenwood, Rowell, Lowe, Swanson, Neilsen, Steinbrecher, Castillo, Edwards, Greiner, Sleeper, Herbst.

ST - Schulze, Guthrie, Donahue, Kreiter, Knipper, Mossbrucker, Murray.

Injury Report: Bryan Bulaga, who missed three consecutive games with a thyroid condition, retuned to action for the first time since the season opener against UNI.

Tony Moeaki (ankle) dressed in uniform and went through warm-ups for a second week in a row, but did not see action for a third straight week.

Prater missed Saturday's game with a knee injury. Gary Dolphin said on the radio broadcast that there is no structural damage. Lowe started in his place.

Special Teams: Who played on which units against Penn State:

Kick Return - Gimm, Chaney, O‘Meara, Daniels, Davis, Tarpinian, T. Nielsen, Wegher, Daniel, Leppert, Cato.

Kick Coverage - Tarpinian, O‘Meara, White, Murray, Cato, Swanson, Rowell, Davis, Hyde, Castillo, Johnson.

Punt Return - Chaney, Hyde, Rowell, Castillo, Conklin, O‘Meara, Tarpinian, White, Haganmann, Davis, Greenwood, Rowell.

Punt Coverage - Donahue, Spievey, Lowe, Sash, Johnson, Edds, Schulze, T. Nielsen, O‘Meara, Morse, Tarpinian.

Quick Notes:

-Before the game during line drills, Clayborn gave Bulaga a big hug in what looked like a welcome back gesture.

-Moeaki looked much better in warm-ups this week than he did a week about at Penn State.

-McNutt and Stross started at wide receiver. Sandeman received the start over McNutt the last two weeks. Stross has started every game.

-Arkansas State took home a cool $900,000 for Saturday's game.

-Kuempel came in as a sixth lineman again on short yardage plays.

-Iowa tried a WR option in the second quarter when McNutt took the handoff from Stanzi and threw an incomplete pass to Stross.

-Starting center for Arkansas State, Tom Castilaw, was carted off late first half and did not return.

-Arkansas State drove 89 yards on nine plays over 3:59 to score its touchdown before the half, a 12-yard pass from Leonard to Thompkins with :44 on the clock to cut Iowa‘s lead to 14-7.

-Some Iowa fans booed when the Hawkeyes took a knee late in the first half with three timeouts.

-ASU called a fake punt early in the third quarter. Cato and O'Meara kept the punter from getting a first down and Greenwood picked up a possible fumble for a touchdown. It was called back after replay showed the ball was out of bounds.

-Johnson-Koulianos, Iowa's leading receiver the last two seasons and last week at Penn State, did not enter the game until early in the third quarter. The junior hauled in a 27-yard catch on his first play from scrimmage. He saw very few reps from there on out and that turned out to be his only reception of the afternon.

-Iowa used a 3-4 on several third and long plays for ASU. Tarpinian replaced Ballard and Klug at different times.

-Coach Ferentz ran all the way down the sideline on the third and goal early in the fourth quarter but couldn't get it. Stanzi was stuffed and Murray kicked a field goal to make it 24-14 Hawkeyes.

-The crowd of 67, 989 was the 13th largest to watch Arkansas State play.


Opening Statement from ASU Coach Steve Roberts: Let me start off by saying I'm very, very proud of our football team, the way that they competed. I'm disappointed in the fact that we had opportunities to make a few more plays than we made and it cost us an opportunity to win the game. We're not here just to play well. We're here to play well and win. We got part of that right but weren't able to get the other part right. Again, I'm proud of the level of competitiveness from my kids.

Roberts on unsportsmanlike conduct call on Demario Davis after he did a flip into the end zone following a 75-yard pick six: I'm very, very disappointed. That's not who we are. That's not what we're about. We'll learn from this and move forward, but obviously that is a penalty that is avoidable. It wasn't an aggressive penalty. It won't happen again.

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